The MoCCA Arts Festival is a 2-day multimedia event, Manhattan's largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, drawing over 7,000 attendees each year. With 400 exhibiting artists displaying their work, award-winning honorees speaking about their careers and artistic processes and other featured artists conducting workshops, lectures and film screenings, our Festival mission accelerates the advancement of the Society's broader mission to serve as Manhattan's singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration through exhibitions, programs and art education.
The 2019 MoCCA Arts Festival will take place April 6-7th, 2019. Learn more about the Fest including Featured Artists, the Exhibit, the MoCCA Café, and more!
Metropolitan West: 639 W.46th St., NYC
Exhibitor Hall, Guests of Honor signings, Gallery, MoCCA Food Court, Wacom demo booth, RisoLab
Ink48: 653 11th Ave
Price of admission is $10 per day and will grant attendees access to the Fest including the Exhibitors Hall, on-site Gallery space, and programming. An $18 Weekend Pass will be available to purchase online leading up to the Fest. Children under ten are free. Day tickets may be purchased at the door.
ONLINE TICKET SALES NOW CLOSED. Tickets available to purchase at the door.
Programming is organized by Best American Comics Series Editor Bill Kartalopoulos.
Programming is sponsored by:
Garamond Room / 12:00 pm
Edie Fake Spotlight
Edie Fake is a multidisciplinary artist whose award-winning comics series Gaylord Phoenix explores desire and transformation in a dreamlike, fantasy setting. His latest book is the collection of short comics Little Stranger (Secret Acres). Fake is also a fine artist, whose Memory Palace drawings reimagine historical Chicago-area queer spaces. His recent paintings have been exhibited at Western Exhibitions and were cover-featured in The Paris Review. Fake will discuss his work with artist and publisher (and longtime friend) Caroline Paquita, whose Pegacorn Press has published several of his works.
Helvetica Room / 12:00 pm
Cartooning for Peace
Founded in 2006 at the UN Headquarters, Cartooning for Peace is an international network of editorial cartoonists who fight, through humor, for cultural diversity and freedom. Charter member Liza Donnelly will discuss the organization and its projects with Israel-based cartoonist Michel Kichka and American editorial cartoonists Jeff Danziger and Ann Telnaes. An associated exhibit featuring work by a wide range of international members will also be featured on-site at the MoCCA Arts Festival.
Garamond Room/1:30 pm
Keith Knight: Red, White, Black and Blue
Award-winning cartoonist Keith Knight will be presenting his world renowned anti-racism comic strip slideshow, "Red, White, Black and Blue: Why America Keeps Punching Itself in the Face When It Comes To Race." Using comics, story-telling, statistics, and common-sense, Knight makes the case for racial-illiteracy being America's biggest problem, and what we all can do to solve it. The slideshow has been a hit at universities, libraries, comic cons and high schools worldwide.
Helvetica Room / 1:30 pm
Our Modern Dystopia
Networked technology has invaded every aspect of daily, social and personal life, and comics, like all other forms of narrative, increasingly reflect the impact of technology on our exterior and interior lives. At the same time, the static, mediated, and intangible nature of interactive life presents particular challenges to artist working in comics. Artists Aisha Franz (Shit is Real), Abby Jame (Prophecy of the Flesh Virgin), and Florent Ruppert (The Perineum Technique) will discuss the use of fantasy imagery to depict current reality in a conversation moderated by BOMB Magazine Associate Editor Chantal McStay.
Garamond Room / 3:00 pm
Mort Gerberg and Friends
Mort Gerberg broke into print with irreverent drawings in The Realist in the early ’60s. His social-justice-minded—and bitingly funny—cartoons subsequently appeared in magazines including The New Yorker, Playboy, and the Saturday Evening Post. As a reporter, he’s sketched historic scenes including the women’s marches of the ’60s and the 1968 Democratic National Convention. He is currently the subject of a retrospective exhibit at the New-York Historical Society, and Fantagraphics Underground Press has recently published the retrospective book Mort Gerberg On the Scene: A 50-Year Cartoon Chronicle. Gerberg will discuss his work in a conversation with friends and colleagues, led by Michael Maslin (Inkspill, The New Yorker) and including New Yorker cartoonists Marisa Acocella, Bob Eckstein and Danny Shanahan.
Helvetica Room / 3:00 pm
The Personal and the Political
For many, political events and political questions have assumed a heightened urgency in American life. Just as personal experience and political life are thoroughly intertwined, recent work by comics artists suggests that the line between “personal” and “political” work is beginning to disappear in comics that meditate upon contemporary social life. Artists Mike Dawson (Rules for Dating My Daughter), Sarah Glidden (Rolling Blackouts) and James Sturm (Off Season) will discuss the consideration of political themes within a narrative context with scholar Jonathan W. Gray (John Jay College-CUNY and the CUNY Graduate Center).
Garamond Room / 4:30 pm
Professional Development 101: Art Directors’ Roundtable
What are art directors looking for and how do they find it? How do they notice work by artists they may want to work with? What qualities distinguish artists who they work with again and again? A panel of art directors will address these questions and more. Featuring Emma Allen (The New Yorker), Matt Lubchansky (The Nib), Will Varner (formerly Buzzfeed), and Alexandra Zsigmond (formerly The New York Times) in conversation with artist and educator Viktor Koen. Co-organized and sponsored by the School of Visual Arts, Division of Continuing Education.